"But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be."
The mystery of Christ's return is probably one of the most encouraging and yet confusing topics for many people. We are encouraged, because we are promised that our Lord and Savior will come to redeem His church and take them to Heaven. There is joy in knowing that this life with its frustrations, schedules, and oppression is not eternal. We will one day step out of the mundane and wicked into the joyful and holy. To consider Christ's return can also be frustrating, because we are eagerly awaiting that day but do not know when it will be. The Bible says that even our bodies groan for redemption, but we must wait. I am sure that patience is not the gift that most of us claim to have.
Having done a recent study of Noah and all that surrounded the great flood, this comparison that Jesus makes of the end times and Noah's day is absolutely perfect. Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. We as children of God have received grace by God's hand. Noah was told of a day of deliverance. We are told that Christ is coming again for His children. Noah was given instructions on how to serve until that day. We are instructed to work each day for God, because the night is coming when no man can work. Noah believed God in spite of what every one around him thought or said. We live in a world that does not believe that God's Word is true, but that does not change its truth at all. Noah had to wait on the appointed day for the flood. We are waiting for the appointed day of Christ's return.
While we wait, let's be diligent in serving the Lord. There is so much work to be done. Many of us have loved ones that are not prepared for this day. They need to know the joy of a relationship with Christ. Be diligent in your witness to them. Show them that Christ's forgiveness and grace is for all men who will came to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Let us also be diligent in making sure that we are completely right with a holy God. It is imperative that we have a broken heart over sin and that we do not allow it to have any place in our lives. While we are busy serving, let us be ready to lift up our heads as our redemption draws nigh.
May you be ready for His coming today!